Which Fiji resorts are open after Tropical Cyclone Winston?

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ARE FIJI RESORTS OPEN AFTER CYCLONE WINSTON? Review the list below …

If you have been even vaguely aware of the newsworthy events of recent weeks you will have seen and heard that Tropical Cyclone Winston – reportedly the most severe Category 5 cyclone ever experienced in the Southern Hemisphere – went through Fiji with a ferocity that has left some of its local communities in tatters.  As is always the case in such instances, the level of damage sustained by different regions of Fiji was random.  One village may have been raised to the ground whilst the next only lost palm trees and foliage.  And so it is true of Fiji’s many resorts.  Some appear to have suffered damage whilst others were back up and running the next day, albeit with their gardens ‘pruned by nature’.

As a specialist in this fabulous destination, Island Escapes has been getting many enquiries regarding which Fiji resorts are open and which are currently closed due to the cyclone.  News started to trickle through in the days immediately after the cyclone from our hotels as to which had been spared and which had unfortunately borne the brunt of the storms’ intensity, and below is the current list of resorts we have received ‘official’ advice from.  We will continue to update the list as we hear more from colleagues in Fiji.

This List will be updated periodically as Fiji resort updates come to hand …

Resort NameAdviceDate they are welcoming guests
Blue Lagoon CruisesNo damage sustainedImmediately
Captain Cook CruisesNo damage sustained to the MV Reef EscapeSailing resumed
Castaway Island, FijiOpenImmediately
Dolphin Island OpenImmediately
Fiji Hideaway ResortOpenImmediately
Hilton Fiji Beach Resort OpenImmediately
InterContinental Natadola Golf Resort & SpaOpenImmediately
Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, FijiSustained damage. Currently closed for repairsCurrently scheduled to re-open 1 September 2016
Koro Sun ResortLimited damage to main resort and more extensive damage to Edgewater categories.Main resort – 15 March 2016
Edgewater Resort Room Categories – 1 June 2016
Edgewater Bure Category – 1 August 2016
Laucala IslandOpenImmediately
Likuliku Lagoon ResortOpenImmediately
Lomani Island ResortSustained only minor damage, mostly to foliage and landscapingImmediately
Malolo Island ResortSustained only minor damage, mostly to foliage and landscapingImmediately
Mana Island ResortClosed for repairs28 July 2016
Matamanoa Island ResortSustained only minor damage, mostly to foliage and landscapingImmediately
Matangi Island ResortSustained only minor damage, mostly to foliage and landscapingNow open
Musket Cove ResortSustained only minor damage, cleaning up debris and foliageImmediately
Nanuku Resort & SpaSustained only minor damage, cleaning up debris and foliageImmediately
Namale Resort & SpaSustained some damage mainly to foliage and landscapingImmediately
Nanuya Island ResortSustained some damageImmediately
Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort & Spa OpenImmediately
Plantation Island Resort Sustained only minor damage, cleaning up debris and foliageImmediately
Royal DavuiSustained only minor damage, mostly to foliage and landscapingImmediately
Qamea Resort & SpaSustained only minor damage, mostly to foliage and landscapingImmediately
Raffles GatewayOpenImmediately
Major Roads in FijiOpen with the exception of the Nadi/Rakiraki RoadImmediately
Savasi Island ResortSustained only minor damage, mostly to foliage and landscapingImmediately
Sheraton TokorikiClosed for repairs01 Feb 2017
The NavitiOpenImmediately
The Novotel NadiOpenImmediately
The Radisson Denarau ResortOpenImmediately
The Radisson Denarau ResortOpenImmediately
The Sheraton and Westin Resorts DenarauOpenImmediately
The Sofitel Fiji ResortOpenImmediately
The WarwickOpenImmediately
Toberua Island ResortOpenImmediately
Tokoriki Island ResortOpenImmediately
Treasure island ResortSustained some damage to bures, foliage and landscapingImmediately
Tropica Island ResortOpenImmediately
Tui Tai Adventure CruiseSustained significant damageAll departures cancelled until further notice
Voli Voli Beach ResortSustained significant damage – currently rebuilding1 April 2017
Vomo Island Resort Sustained some damageThursday 1 September 2016
Wananavu Beach ResortOpenImmediately
Yasawa Island Resort & SpaOpenImmediately

*List as at 7 June 2016 – 1pm

Every year 100,000’s of people holiday in Fiji.  They enjoy it’s picturesque beauty, the (normally) fabulous weather, the wonderful variety of resorts available, the activities on offer and most importantly, the incredible hospitality and infectious happiness of the local Fijian people.  The tourism industry is critical to the Fijian economy and many local communities rely on it for their ongoing wellbeing.  The greatest gift you can provide to these incredibly stoic and resilient people is to continue to travel if your resort is operational, or to postpone your travel to an alternate date when they are.  There is no denying that Fiji has been battered and bruised by the events of late February.  In the ensuing weeks resorts won’t look as ‘pretty’ as they normally do while the gardens and surrounding landscape are cleared of debris and begin their natural process of regeneration.  Whilst some hotels will have all facilities open they may have some accommodations offline requiring repairs.  Some may have most but not all restaurants open.  Wifi will definitely be erratic at best.

But now, more than ever, visitors will be met by a heartfelt BULA and a big broad smile from a local whose circumstances will most likely be worse than they were on the 19th February before it hit.  But that’s the essence of Fiji.  It’s why 100,000’s of visitors holiday here each year, and why everyone at Island Escapes loves it so much!